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 Healthy Living Classes
CENLA AAA offers classes in fall prevention and chronic disease, diabetes self management and Tai chi.   Give us a call to find the location closest to you. 
CENLA Area Agency on Aging began sponsoring the Foster Grandparent Program July 1, 2012.  Now beginning its fifth year we are seeking new Volunteers. 



SenioRx is a program to supply seniors with affordable prescription medication. Click on the "Our Services" link on the right to see if you are eligible for SenioRx.

Disaster Relief Food Stamps

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare for hurricanes and disasters by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits (DSNAP).  Most of our participants know this as Disaster Food Stamps.

You can pre-apply by clicking on the link on this page or by contacting the CAAA office for instructions.

SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Program)

Cenla Area Agency on Aging has a staff of certified SHIIP counselors to provide assistance to Central Louisiana resident with Medicare. For more information click on "Our Services"

Eye Exams now available through Vision USA.  See how it operates below.




provides free eye exams to eligible, low-income individuals. Services are donated by volunteer optometrists who are members of the American Optometric Association and may be limited in some areas.

If you are eligible to receive services, you will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge.  The process is as follows:

  • Your agency representative will receive an email notification on your behalf with the name of a volunteer doctor for you to contact directly to schedule an appointment for a no cost eye examination.
A contact lens exam and / or contacts are not available through this program.Obtain a copy of the email notification from your case worker.Call the doctor within 45 days from the date of the email to schedule an appointment. Be sure to let the doctor’s office know you were given the doctor’s name through the VISION USA program.You are responsible for your own transportation and must be on time for your appointment to avoid scheduling conflicts.Contact the doctor’s office 48 hours in advance of the day of your appointment should you need to cancel or reschedule.Missed appointments will not be rescheduled and will further disqualify you from receiving free eye care. Appointment days and times are limited.

Who can get Extra Help?
Medicare can pay 75% or more of your prescription drug costs. If you have Medicare, and also have limited income and resources, you could qualify to have Medicare pay 75% or more of your prescription drug costs! In fact, most will get 95% of their costs paid.

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited income and resources are eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs of monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments, all related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. 

How does the new law change what is counted as income and resources?
Beginning January 1, 2010, when determining your eligibility for Extra Help:

  • We will no longer count as a resource any life insurance policy; and
  • We will no longer count as income the help you receive regularly from someone else to pay your household expenses—food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electricity, water, and property taxes.

For more information on ExtraHelp ...


CENLA Area Agency on Aging
• 318-484-2260
• 1-800-772-1213

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